You Are – with Blake Shelton 2. Say You, Say Me – with Jason Aldean 3. Stuck On You – with Darius Rucker 4. Deep River Woman – with Little Big Town 5. My Love – with Kenny Chesney 6. Dancing On The Ceiling – with Rascal Flatts 7. Hello – with Jennifer Nettles 8. Sail On – with Tim McGraw 9. Endless Love – with Shania Twain 10. Just For You – Billy Currington 11. Lady – with Kenny Rogers 12. Easy – with Willie Nelson 13. All Night Long – with Jimmy Buffett
Behind-The-Scenes video about the making of the album
By The Bahamas Film Commission Feb 10, 2012 - 1:22:21 PM
The Bahamas is known as an ideal location for film making and many movies, TV shows and music videos are shot here.
Lionel Ritchie was recently in The Bahamas shooting his music video for the remake of his hit, "Endless Love" featuring the vocal talents of Shania Twain. Diana Ross originally supplied the female voice to the 1981 hit.
The production company, Weapons of Mass Destruction, used locations on Nassau and Paradise Island to shoot the music video featuring both Lionel Ritchie and Shania Twain, part of those scenes took place in a beach house. The project is directed by Paul Boyd who has directed Shania Twain in the previous project, I Am Only Just Looking.
Country's biggest names had better not party too hard at this year's ACM Awards, which will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 1. The next day, at the very same arena, many of those same superstars -- among them Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts -- will tape 'Lionel Richie & Friends: A Lifetime of Hits,' a special slated to air later this year on CBS.
The show will feature songs from 'Tuskegee,' Lionel's forthcoming collection of duets with top country acts. Although he's best known for his funk, R&B and pop hits, the Alabama native grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and the era's classic country hitmakers.
"By growing up in Alabama, I had a melting pot of the whole pie: R&B, gospel, country," Lionel told The Boot earlier this year. "And not just outside of town, but right through the airwaves of my city. So when I started writing, songs like 'Stuck on You' and 'Easy [Like Sunday Morning]' were actually country, but I didn't even realize that was my influence. Now, years later making this album, I didn't realize that so many of my country artist friends use those songs as the template for their lives."
Lionel Richie will play the first in a new series of live shows on the HSN network with HSN LIVE Presents Lionel Richie. The show will air March 16 on HSN, HSN.com and on HSN Mobile.
Richie will be performing music from his new album Tuskegee on which he remakes many of his classics in duet form with some of Nashville's biggest and brightest, including Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett. Kenny Rogers will appear on the program to perform their duet Lady, a song which Richie wrote and ended up being the biggest record of Rogers' career.
"HSN has become a launching pad for new releases from today's biggest artists," said Andy Sheldon, EVP of Television and Executive Creative Director for HSN. "Through special events like the HSN LIVE concert series, we offer our customers insider access to some of the world's greatest music legends and we are excited to have Lionel share his inspiration for Tuskegee and his iconic sound."
Those who buy the album through HSN will receive a special five-track bonus CD that features Richie performing a live version of his hit You Are from a show at London's Wembley Arena. Also included are the original versions of Say You, Say Me, My Love, Dancing on the Ceiling and Stuck on You.
Lionel Richie hasn't gone so far as to don a cowboy hat – yet – but that hasn't kept him from feeling the love from the country music world: the R&B singer and Eighties pop star sold a whopping 20,000 copies of his new LP, Tuskegee, in a single hour during his live concert event on HSN last Friday night.
"To do this album was very eye-opening," the five-time Grammy winner told Rolling Stone just before the start of the show, which broadcast live from St. Petersburg, Florida to the 24-hour shopping network's TV, Web and Facebook audiences. "I didn't realize that all of country knew all of my songs anyway."
Tuskegee, named for the 62-year-old's Alabama hometown and featuring countrified covers of some of his biggest hits (including "Say You, Say Me," "Stuck on You," and "Easy"), teams Richie with a host of country superstars, including Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker (a country crossover artist himself) and Willie Nelson. The album also features the first new recording from Shania Twain in seven years, as she replaces Diana Ross on a new version of "Endless Love." In fact, Richie said Twain was so nervous to record with him, they had to fly to her house in the Caribbean to make it happen and wound up placing microphones in her bedroom just to get her comfortable enough to sing.
For Richie, the crossover to country had been decades in the making. "Conway Twitty wanted me to come years ago and 'be country,'" Richie said, "but I was too busy being a Commodore. Then Kenny Rogers wanted me to go country, but I was too busy being the 'pop' Lionel Richie. Then all of a sudden we went into an area where it was, 'Can Lionel Richie rap?' No!" he said with a laugh. "Trust me. I can do it, but you don't want to hear me. Flava Flav said, 'Don't try it! If you want somebody to rap, you call me. I'll rap. You just sing!"
Finding himself caught in a country craze that's embracing singers and songwriters from just about any genre these days, Richie finally felt ready to make the leap. "The beautiful part about it is, once I started talking to Tim McGraw and to Kenny Chesney and all of them, it became clear: These songs (of mine) have already been country," he said. "So Lionel Richie's not 'going country.' I'm just joining the songs that are already there. I just have to show up next to 'em and go, 'That's mine.'"
While Kenny Rogers was the only guest to join him onstage for the launch event (singing "Lady"), Richie sounded better than ever on twanged-out solo versions of "Dancing on the Ceiling," "All Night Long," "Hello," and more – in front of an live studio audience that included celebrity chefs Todd English and Curtis Stone, as well as fashion icon Twiggy.
The HSN Live concert, along with Richie's SXSW appearance last week, were precursors to an upcoming world tour. "My kids are old enough where I can leave home," says the father of three, who admits to loving his role as a grandfather to his daughter Nicole Richie's two kids far more than expected. "I gotta tell ya, I thought it was not going to be sexy at all, (but) I'm having the best time."
Lionel Richie is the first to admit that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he teamed with Shania Twain for his classic Diana Ross nine-week No. 1 “Endless Love.”
Richie says he asked Twain to meet him in Nashville, Los Angeles and Miami for a recording session and she turned down each invitation. Instead, she asked Richie to fly to the Bahamas to record the song in the studio she has in her home.
The trip, Richie said, was full of surprises — and not necessarily the good kind.
“I didn’t know she had not done a vocal or been on stage in seven years,” Richie recalled. “We went in, and I wake up the next morning to a full-on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) network camera crew for her show entitled How Shania Found Her Voice, which I didn’t know she had lost it. So she walks in and announces to me, 15 minutes before we are to go in and sing, that she can’t do it.”
Richie asked to speak to Twain privately away from the cameras. He joked, “So in case anyone saw me choking her to death, we couldn’t exactly verify it.”
Richie said he told Twain they had something in common — that they were both scared to death.
“She said, ‘But you are Lionel Richie,’ ” he recalled. “And I said, ‘But you are Shania Twain.’ ”
Twain told Richie she hadn’t been on stage or sung in seven years, and the legend made it his mission to prove that she still had the vocal prowess she had when she was at the top of her game.
“When you hear the first time she comes in on this record, I left that on for her to hear forever,” Richie said. “That is the first note she ever tried. After seven years, I ask you, ‘Does she have a problem?’ The answer is, ‘no.’ But, she turned around after she hit that note and looked at me, and I’d go (thumbs up.) So that’s the beauty of that.”
Blake Shelton gave Richie a different problem. Instead of not wanting to sing, Shelton’s voice was so strong from the get-go that Richie had a hard time figuring out where he fit in on the new version of “You Are.”
That is, after he could see through the plaid.
“I’ve never seen that much plaid shirt walk in the door,” Richie said of first meeting Shelton, in reference to his 6-foot-5 frame. “I think everyone in Nashville must wake up in the morning and do push-ups, because I just look like the most undernourished brother in the whole world trying to sing with Blake Shelton.”
Before meeting Shelton, Richie had decided that he would start the song off and then prompt Shelton to come in later. Shelton had different ideas.
“I made the mistake with Blake, you know, not to put any pressure on him. I said, ‘Just sing it down a couple of times and then I’ll come on in and put my vocal on it,’” Richie recalled. “But his opening line was (so strong) — first of all, I loved it, but then where do I put Lionel Richie on this record? He’s going to open the song because I loved the way he came in, but I spent the rest of the record trying to figure out how am I going to get on Blake Shelton’s song called ‘You Are.’ ”
Kenny Chesney is such a fan of Lionel Richie that he drunk-dialed the legend in the middle of the night and then sang a song to his voicemail, Richie reveals.
“Kenny is about the most expressive brother I have ever met in my life,” Richie says. “He holds nothing back. I didn’t know that when I first met him, but I should have known after that first phone call.”
Richie had sent Chesney a message suggesting the country star perform “All Night Long (All Night)” on the album. Chesney had other ideas, and he couldn’t wait to share them.
“The next morning I woke up, and there was a voicemail,” Richie recalled. “‘Lionel, oh my God, Lionel. Oh my God, Lionel,” Richie recalls of the voicemail, and then explains that Chesney proceeded to sing his favorite song, “My Love,” into the telephone. “Oh Lionel, I love you, Lionel,” Richie quotes Chesney as saying. “Lionel, I love ‘My Love’ and I love you.’ And I realized Kenny Chesney loved me, and Kenny Chesney loves ‘My Love.’ ”
The next day, Chesney called Richie and apologized for the phone call. And when he showed up at the studio to record “My Love” with Richie, he had another big fan in tow: his mother.
“(Chesney) said, ‘This is impossible,’ ” Richie recalled. “My mother has never come to a recording studio since I’ve been in the business, and she said, ‘Are you doing Lionel Richie? I love Lionel Richie. I’m coming to the studio.’ And his mother walked in. And his mother said, ‘I love you, Lionel.’ And Kenny said, ‘I love you, Lionel.’ So Kenny and his mother love me very much. And that’s the story that I’ll carry forever.”
Lionel Richie sings “Endless Love” with Shania Twain on his new CD, Tuskegee. Photo by Alan Silfen, courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Lionel Richie and Shania Twain teamed up to record Lionel’s “Endless Love” for his Tuskegee album, out March 26. They reunited to film a beautiful video, set at a beach side home in the Bahamas. Lionel spends much of the video inside the home, watching moving pictures on the wall of Shania on the beach, riding her horse and spending time on the dock.
The light colors throughout the video and the easy, carefree relationship shown between Lionel and Shania when Lionel emerges from the house to meet her on the beach bring the song’s timeless lyrics to life.
Country darling Shania Twain replaces Diana Ross on the updated version of Lionel Richie’s 1981 ballad ‘Endless Love.’ It’s a modern redo of a classic song, and in the video, Twain and Richie express intense emotion and passion, so much so that you’d think they were actually a couple. The singers emanate genuine fondness for one another and both are incredibly expressive with their eyes, hands and voices throughout the entire span of the clip.
They are separate at first, with Twain’s scenes shot in black and white. She is riding a stallion on a beach while singing. Richie is in color, hanging out inside a bright, white home with a large piano. Images of Twain singing appear in the photos and screens on the wall behind him, so it’s as though they are in the same room. It’s a very cool convention; she’s there, even when she’s not really there.
Each singer emotes while singing their parts and it’s very believable. Twain, dressed in white and wearing a cowgirl hat, comes to life and blooms in color when she and Richie meet behind the house. It certainly suggests that love makes you feel alive. Twain is actually riding the horse through the ocean at that point. How dreamy!
They embrace and sing while facing each another in the flesh. Images of the the singers clenching their fists and touching their chests appear on the inside screens. It’s quite a romantic couple of minutes.
This new version of ‘Endless Love’ appears on Richie’s ‘Tuskegee,’ where he partners with an array of country acts.
The album was up tonight at 12:00 am, which is kinda odd because the release date was Tuesday.
A great (lengthy) article about gathering the artists for the album:
"It was personal to them to do the song that they're doing, so I let them arrange the song as if they were going to put it on their album," Richie says. "I wanted a Tim McGraw version of and a Rascal Flatts version of, and they gave it to me in spades.I made the great miscalculation to have them design the vocal around them, and when I did that, I opened the door for complete disaster on Lionel Richie's part because I now have to sing to complement them, which isn't exactly right."
I have to admit I didn't know a thing about Lionel Richie before I heard about this album, but I've already gained so much respect for him just by reading a few interviews. He seems like a great guy who really wanted each artist to be represented here as they would be on their own albums. I gotta give him props for giving everyone so much freedom & reworking the songs to fit each artists style.
I'm gonna make a note to check out the album in- depth a little later and I'm hoping it'll be available to stream somewhere.
Post by Almost Honest on Mar 26, 2012 10:17:05 GMT -5
Just previewed the album on I-tunes and think it's a really good and interesting take on his songs. Also the first country/pop album I've heard in a while from a male artist that talks about other things than just tractors, trucks, and how backwoods they are.
Ok, if you’d asked me to predict who would outsell Madonna’s “MDNA” album upon its release, I would have said Adele or Lady Gaga. Right? I mean, not Lionel Richie. Lionel Richie! He’s number 1 on ITunes for downloads and Amazon.com on physical CDs. He’s outselling Madonna on her release day with an album of his hits re-recorded with country stars. “Tuskegee” features Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers (doing “Lady,” which he wrote), Jimmy Buffet, and so on.
It’s not like Madge doesn’t have guest stars. She has Nikki Minaj and MIA–she chose them, she said, because they were “bad asses.”
But who’d bad now? Lionel Richie is totally un-hip, or cutting edge. He’s just a nice guy and a great songwriter with a real catalog. “Tuskegee” has simply taken off. And it’s really beating “MDNA.” After all the hype, “MDNA” is showing up as number 3, behind perennial Adele at number 2. But never, ever underestimate the power of country stars. And Madonna and Lionel are vaguely commercial cousins under UMG. Madonna is on Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope. Lionel is on Mercury Nashville, which you wouldn’t think could outdo Iovine. But game is on. Lionel is even outselling “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, which was looking like the big hit through Sunday. Bravo, Lionel. Well played.
BY JOHN WILLIAMS ,QMI AGENCY FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012 12:37 PM CDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012 12:42 PM CDT
Lionel Richie's album of country twang debuted with a bang on the Canadian charts this week.
The music icon's latest disc, "Tuskegee," a collection of his hits reinvented alongside some of the genre's biggest stars including Shania Twain, blasted to No. 1 on sales of 18,000, according to Neilsen SoundScan numbers.
It marks Richie's first No. 1 album in the SoundScan era.
The soundtrack to the popular Quebec talent show "Star Academie" (17,000) came up one position to No. 2, while last week's top dog, One Direction (14,000), went in the wrong direction, sliding down two spots to No. 3.
Adele's "21" held on strong at No. 4, the "Hunger Games" soundtrack premiered at No. 5, and Johnny Reid's "Fire It Up" wasn’t running on all cylinders, plummeting four levels to No. 6.
The Shins' critically acclaimed "Port of Morrow" checked in at No. 7, Mes Aieux's "A l'aube du printemps" sank three to No. 8, likewise with Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" at No. 9, and Whitney Houston's "The Essential Whitney Houston" hung on at No. 10.
In the U.S., the "Hunger Games" soundtrack debuted in first, followed by Adele in second, the Shins in third, One Direction in fourth, and Odd Future's "The OF Tape Vol. 2" in fifth.
This is on track to debut with 140-160k. It will give him his highest Billboard 200 peak since Dancing On The Ceiling in 1986. It's also by far his biggest debut in the Soundscan era, potentially more than doubling the opening week of Coming Home in 2006.
Encino, CA (March 5, 2012) - The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that country music superstars Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and Jennifer Nettles have been added to the all-star lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends - In Concert taping Monday, April 2, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The special will air Friday, April 13, 2012 on the CBS Television Network.
ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends - In Concert is a special concert event of country music collaborations with the legendary Lionel Richie, featuring duets from his upcoming album Tuskegee, out March 26, 2012, along with solo performances. Some of Richie’s greatest hits will be performed by today’s hottest country artists including Jason Aldean (“Say You Say Me”), The Band Perry (“Penny Lover”), Luke Bryan (“Running with the Night”), Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum (“Truly”), Martina McBride (“Still”), Jennifer Nettles (“Hello”) and Rascal Flatts (“Dancing on the Ceiling”). Duets with Richie include: “My Love” with Kenny Chesney, “Sail On” with Tim McGraw, “Lady” with Kenny Rogers, and more surprises to be announced.
"It has been so rewarding to have my songs embraced by country music artists," said Lionel Richie. "Since Conway Twitty recorded 'Three Times a Lady' and Kenny Rogers sang 'Lady,' I have been welcomed into the country music family with open arms. It's the ultimate compliment to have country artists record and perform songs that I've written. I've always felt right at home in country because I was raised just down the road from Nashville in Tuskegee, Alabama, where I was immersed in country, R&B, gospel and classical music. This show will be a homecoming and family reunion combined, and I'm so glad that viewers will be able to share these special moments with us. It will be a night that I will remember for the rest of my life."
Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions and executive producer of the special said, “We're honored to bring together the industry's greatest artists with Lionel’s legendary sound for what will be a once in a lifetime concert.”
Tickets for ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster, priced at $200, $150, $100. Tickets proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which works to improve lives through music.
About Lionel Richie
Music icon Lionel Richie has created an unforgettable body of work that speaks to the hearts of people of all races, faiths and ages around the world with his universal themes of life, love and loss presented with poetic simplicity and irresistible melodies. He has earned sales of more than 100 million albums, 22 Top 10 hits, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe and a host of other awards from virtually every other major entertainment organization. His catalog of timeless hits includes "Say You, Say Me," "Easy," "Still," "Hello," "Stuck On You," You Are," "My Love" and "Endless Love."
By defying boundaries, blending genres and ignoring trends to remain true to his heart, the gifted storyteller has shaped popular culture as his music has served as the soundtrack of several generations worldwide. His music has remained at the forefront of his fans' milestone moments – first kisses, first wedding dances, first break-ups and first children. It’s impossible to separate those memories and his music because they are inextricably intertwined.
About ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends - In Concert
The ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends - In Concert special will feature country music collaborations with the legendary Lionel Richie featuring duets and solo performances with some of today’s most incredible country artists. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM PT, to air 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT on Friday, April 13, 2012 on the CBS Television Network. Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. Ticket sales from the special will benefit ACM Lifting Lives. For more information, log onto www.ACMLiftingLives.org or www.ACMcountry.com or follow us on Twitter at @acmawards for more immediate updates.
Lionel Richie has been all over TV this week, from CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight' to NBC's 'Today' show, talking about his brand-new album, 'Tuskegee.' The project pairs the legendary crooner with some of country music's biggest stars, who sing with Lionel on his classic hits ... countrified. Naturally, the one question on everyone's minds seems to be, "Why country music?" The 62-year-old entertainer explains that he's not only a fan of the genre but also not far removed from it.
"Country music has always been about as close to R&B as you can possibly get," Lionel tells The Boot. "We're storytellers. So there's really no difference between 'Oh Baby Don't Leave Me' and 'Take This Job and Shove It.' It's about as basic as it's going to get. 'I love you, I'm hurting, I'm in pain' -- that's the blues. It's been around forever."
Lionel was immersed in the country scene of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, counting Kenny Rogers as one of his best friends and the man who skyrocketed his songwriting career by cutting 'Lady' and thanking Lionel for it on live TV. Late country legend Conway Twitty also cut a now-classic Lionel Richie song, 'Three Times a Lady.' And long before that, the future superstar was listening to country music at home in Tuskegee. "I grew up with the Grand Ole Opry, Dottie West, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens ... not realizing it was influencing me as much as it was," Lionel says. "By growing up in Alabama, I had a melting pot of the whole pie: R&B, gospel, country ..."
But it was the making of 'Tuskegee' that gave the Alabama native a lesson in today's country music. "Where [the genre is] now is, we're bringing in new sounds," he says. "Country is bringing in a little rock element ... a little '80s element. Melody is king now. But its just in the music, its not so much in the songwriting, which is still very basic to the storytelling aspect of it. If you really want to talk about how much it's changed, it's not drastic. Taylor Swift came along and put the real 'edge' on it, if you will. How far do you have to go to be at the edge of where country music could be, but it's still just as relevant? If you really want to get down to the story that she tells, it's right there. Country has grown so much now, thanks to the artists who've come along in the last 10 years."
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